Crusaders - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Red with White stripes Shorts: Black with White stripes Socks: Red with Black tops & White stripes
Home Ground: AMI Stadium, Addington, Christchurch
Acting Chairman: Grant Jarrold
CEO: Hamish Riach
The most appearances is by Wyatt Crockett (154)
The most points scored is by Dan Carter (1,708)
The most tries scores is by Caleb Ralph (52)
The Crusaders were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, Sth Canterbury, Tasman & West Coast.
In 2017 they play 7 home games against the Brumbies, Blues, Western Force, SunWolves, Stormers, Hurricanes & Highlanders. They play 8 away games against the Highlanders, Reds, Waratahs, Cheetahs, Bulls, Chiefs, Rebels & Hurricanes.
The head coach is Scott Robertson. He is assisted by Brad Mooar, Leon MacDonald, Jason Ryan & Simon Thomas.
Previous head coaches were: Todd Blackadder, Robbie Deans, Wayne Smith & Vance Stewart.
In 21 years they have had 5 coaches & used 231 players.
The 2017 captain is Sam Whitelock.
The squad is: Michael Alaalatoa, Scott Barrett, Tim Bateman, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, George Bridge, Jed Brown, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Dunshea, Sione Fifita, Owen Franks, Leon Fukofuka, Ben Funnell, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Digby Iaone, Oliver Jager, Jone Macilai, Andrew Makalio, Manasa Mataele, Marty McKenzie, Joe Moody, Richie Mo'unga, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Quinten Strange, Seta Tamanivalu, Jordan Taufau, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sean Wainui.
They finished in 7th position at the end of the 2016 round-robin stages.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 17 times out of 20 years.
Their worst finish was last out of 12 in the first year - 1996.
In the play-offs they have featured in 11 finals, winning 7 times in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 & 2008.
Their average finishing position is 3.90
They are 4th on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$6.00.
On Centre bet (Aus) they are picked at 4th @ A$7.00.